Let loose this New Year's Eve and party it up at one of the many events taking place around town. Eat, drink and dance the night away at these Chicago hotspots before making those impossible-to-keep New Years resolutions. From throwback parties to live musical performances, there's something to do for everyone. So make your plans now because it sure beats being stuck at home when 2014 rolls around.Read More
Where to Party on New Year's Eve
1. Girl & the Goat
Check out Girl & the Goat like you’ve never seen it before. Hang out on New Year’s Eve at a cocktail party flowing with an open bar, passed canapés from Stephanie Izard and a DJ playing all night long. The party starts at 8:30 p.m. and runs until 1:30 a.m., and tickets cost $228 per person.
2. Siena Tavern
Siena Tavern rings in its first year with a New Year’s Eve bash to be remembered. Enjoy four hours of open bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., canapés like Mini Kobe Meatballs and Truffle Gnocchi bites, live entertainment and more. The next day, stop in for a sweet and savory brunch starting at 10 a.m. featuring dishes such as Artichoke Omelet, Apple Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast, and Lobster Hash.
3. The Dawson
The Dawson will host New Year’s Rappin’ Eve on Dec. 31. The event will feature hip hop all night, courtesy of Chicago DJs Genghiswon and Tony Trimm, and include a raw bar, carving station and an open bar. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the cost is $150 per person.
4. Bar Pastoral
Bar Pastoral will host an early dinner service to start your night off right from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dishes include Lobster Sweet Potato Dumplings, Pork Cheeks, Mont Blanc and more as well as a vegetarian prix-fixe menu. The cost is $60, or $90 with wine pairings. Afterwards, there will be the first ever New Year’s Ever Cocktail party with an inclusive bar, hors d’oeuvres, an artisan cheese table, a midnight dessert bar and a Champagne toast. The event will take place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and costs $120 per person.
5. The Grid
The Grid will be hosting the ultimate New Year’s Eve bash with live performances by Young General and the Band, and other Chicago DJs spinning throughout the night. General admission includes a Champagne greeting, passed hors d’oeuvres, 5 hours of open bar, and party favors. Tickets start at $145.
6. American Junkie
Come celebrate NYE at American Junkie with an Old Hollywood Style party. The black tie affair will feature performances by special guest DJs, a premium bar package from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and a food buffet/sweets table. The event starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $100. Continue the partying the next day with drink like $5 Mimosas, $16 Domestic Buckets, $1 Sliders and .75 cent Wings as you watch all of the college bowl games.
7. Studio Paris
Celebrate Paris style with performances by special guest DJs, a premium bar package from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and a food buffet from Paris Club. Tickets are $175.
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8. Bub City
Say goodbye to 2013 with a Smokin’ New Year’s Eve at Bub City. Doors open at 9 p.m. for a live performance by Nashville’s Shawn Lacy. Tickets can be purchased for $25. On New Year’s Day, devour a country brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring items like Chicken and Waffles, Biscuits and Gravy or a Bloody Mary.
Grab some friends and ring in 2014 over a five-course sharing menu available from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. for $45 per guest. Beginning at 9:45 p.m., patrons can party with a five-course sharing menu, three-hour open bar and midnight toast for $120, along with a live DJ at Double A ($150). On New Year’s Day, recover with the Ultimate Hangover Cure Brunch featuring like Chilaquiles, Carnitas Hash and a cocktail. Brunch will be available between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and cost $19.50 per guest.
Moonshine’s annual New Year’s Eve Bootlegger’s Ball turns back the clock to the Roaring 20s by transforming into a modern speakeasy. The celebration starts at 8 p.m. and lasts until 12:30 a.m. and includes a full open bar featuring classic cocktails, a full dinner buffet with carving station, DJs Ryan Ross and Greg Bauer spinning and more. Tickets can be purchased for $85.
11. Chop Shop
Newly opened Chop Shop rings in the New Year with live musical performances by the Gold Coast All Stars and DJ Samm of Hey Champ. The event takes place from 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. and includes an open bar and light hors d’oeuvres. The cost is $150 per person.
12. Red Door
Red Door is partnering up with the Baconfest team for Manhattans at Midnight. The bacon and bourbon bonanza will take place from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and feature a variety of signature “brown” cocktails along with passed items including Bacon-Wrapped Artichoke, Fried Oyster and Waffle with Bacon-Infused Maple Syrup, and Bulgogi-Glazed Bacon-Meatball Sliders with kimchi Mayo. At midnight, bacon-infused barrel-aged Manhattans will be served for a toast. Tickets are $100 with a portion of the proceeds going to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Untitled will throw its 4th Annual Metropolis Ball for an avant-garde NYE experience featuring more than 20 burlesque acts, live rockabilly music by Cash O’Riley and the Downright Daddies, live DJs, passed hors d’oeuvres and an open premium bar. The event runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. and the cost is $125 per person.
Nellcote’s NYE Soiree takes place from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. and includes a full premium open bar, passed appetizers, live DJ performances, a Champagne toast at midnight and much more. Tickets can be purchased for $125 per guest.
15. The J. Parker
Spend New Year’s Eve on top of the city at the J. Parker. The celebration includes a premium open bar from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., passed canapés from Paul Virant, bubbles at midnight and a DJ spinning tunes all night long. Tickets are available for $100, or $120 at the door.
Ring in the New Year at Sunda’s upstairs banquet room. Enjoy an all-inclusive buffet of Asian favorites, a premium bar package and a live DJ from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Pre-sale tickets are available for $125 per person.
17. Three Dots and a Dash
Enjoy a tropical New Year’s at Three Dots and a Dash with tiki classics. Admission will also include passed island fare and a special edition souvenir mug. The cost is $45 per person.
18. ¡Ay Chiwowa!
An epic fiesta includes a premium open bar, passed appetizers and a dinner buffet featuring Mexican street fare. The party starts at 8 p.m. and runs until 1 a.m. and presale tickets can be purchased now for $85.
19. The Southern
Kick off 2014 with a Kick Ass New Year’s Eve from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event will include 2 floors of open bar, stationed hors d’oeuvres and a live DJ. In addition, guests can also a three-course dinner for an additional $25. Tickets for the NYE event are $90 per person.
20. The Fifty/50
The Fifty/50’s all-inclusive NYE bash will take place from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and include a five-hour open bar, two-hour buffet of Fifty/50 comfort food, a midnight Champagne toast and a live DJ. Early bird tickets are on sale for $70 while regular tickets are $80 per person.
21. Roots Pizza
Roots will throw a New Year’s Eve Party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. that includes a premium open bar, two-hour buffet of Roots food, a midnight Champagne toast and a live DJ performance. Early bird tickets are $65 per guest, and regular tickets are $75.
22. Vertigo Sky Lounge
Get your groove on at Vertigo Sky Lounge this New Year's Eve. Dance to beats from StarKillers and Dmitry Ko, sip drinks from a premium open bar, and enjoy passed appetizers, late-night snacks and treats, and people watching both indoors and on the 26th floor year-round patio from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. $125.